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peripheral vision..dark, with a normal neuron exam, normal sugar

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What could some possibilities be with a 5 yr old with sporadic blurry peripheral vision, who sees circles (or spots) when it's dark, with a normal neuro exam, normal sugar?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

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How is the child's vision on testing with the picture chart? Did the pediatric ophthalmologist find any need for glasses on retinoscopy? Did she find any evidence of retinal disease on dilated exam?

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Your child's symptoms can be due to entopic phenomena. This is where you see things that are due to the makeup of your visual system rather then something out in the world. It is a normal thing.

Here is a link to a good article:

What your child may describing are either purkinje's blue arcs or maybe blue field entoptic phenomenon, as discussed in the article.

One thing that doesn't fit, however, is that you say your child's vision is blurry, and that doesn't occur with these things.

I would suggest that you have your son examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist to make sure everything is OK.

Does this make sense to you?

Let me know if you would like to discuss this issue more. Have a good day.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you, and we will be seeing a ped opthamologist next week. Have a good weekend!
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
If you have a chance, I'd love to hear how things turn out. Thanks :)